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Summer is here! Time for more summer dresses and here is my Empire of the Sun-Dress. It has a cross-over bodice front and back, and an elastic fitted empire-line waist, and a softly gathered skirt. Pull it on and go – it’s actually reversible! The front and the back are the same.
Super in stripes and cute in color blocking. This 6 panel skirt has been designed on the diagonal for a fun and trendy look. Its a quick sew, the same front and back and has a comfy elastic waist. This skirt works for summer or winter. Make one today!
Based on the popular original wrap dress pattern, this maxi dress has the same pleated cross over bodice, and a flared skirt for walking ease, with light flutter sleeves. The video tutorial shows you how to customise your pattern to the length and flare you want, and how to sew this great summer dress step by step.
I’ve had this skirt design in mind for a while now and with the warm weather coming, now seems the perfect time to show a little leg and put some wiggle in my walk. With this skirt you’ll certainly be swinging your hips and swishing your hemline at every opportunity.
It’s fitted to your body in the waist and hips because most of us feel like we don’t need to extra volume there. Then the skirt flares out to give you a great full hemline.
This could easily be your go-to skirt for summer. Make it once, and then over and over in different fabrics. This style works great with a pretty border print too. I think you’ll like it! Quick and quite easy to sew, cool and casual fit, pleats front and back, no darts, optional side seam pockets (who doesn’t love pockets!). Comes with a video to help you every step of the way.
A pretty variation on the Sew Simple Shrug pattern. Great to make in a stretch lace for a light cover up over a pretty or strapless dress.
This dress has crossover pleated drapes from the shoulders that are caught into the side seams just under the arms. It creates a modest v-neckline and frames the face, hanging loose from the bust to emphasise the smaller waist. It’s certainly unique! Plus, its a very quick and simple sew. Bonus!
This is a pattern hack exercise that provides you with a custom fit pattern for this crossover top, and also teaches you a lot of new pattern drafting skills along the way. Using the On A Roll T-shirt pattern as the basis for this top, shows you how to change the shape and style to suit you. Really useful fitting skills to learn.
The free sewing pattern for January is the Sew A So Simple Shrug – try saying that quickly! It’s a bit of a tongue-twister. But honestly, that’s the most difficult part right there. The free shrug pattern looks pretty funky when you look at the pattern. It’s just one piece and hard to make out what it’s going to become. But the sewing is really quick and easy and you’ll be carrying this one around with you as Winter turns to Spring.
Here’s a simple free skirt pattern for a skirt with shaped seams front and back, flattering side panels and a nice comfy fit. Make this skirt all in the one color for a classic knit straight skirt or use the seams to create a color block effect. Be more traditional with the solid or dark panels on the outside, or go crazy with print!
Everyone needs a wardrobe of good basic skirts. Ones you can wear every day or for lots of different occasions. This Wear Everywhere Skirt fits the bill perfectly. A classic straight skirt with a single inverted pleat center front, makes this skirt easy to wear, ideal for the office, working, shopping, the school run – in fact, anywhere and everywhere. Once you’ve got a great fit on this skirt, mark up your pattern because it’s a quick and easy sew you’ll want to make again and again.
This is a cute skirt that's easy to sew. It's another of my 'custom-fit' patterns, which means I'll show you how to create your own pattern for this skirt which will fit you exactly as you want it. The half-circle shape gives it nice flounce and movement while the wide wrap over prevents any unintentional flashing! You'll reach for this skirt again and again. Make it a flirty mini or a warm and cozy calf length - it's your custom pattern!
The Wrap Top is loosely based on the original Wrap Dress pattern that has been downloaded thousands of times and been the most popular pattern on the site so far. This ‘It’s a Wrap’ top has taken some of the best elements of that dress and turned it into a blouse with a few variations that I think you’ll like.
Stylish and practical, with ready made handles and plenty of pockets inside and out to keep you organised. Has an exposed zipper fastening across the top to give it a sporty look, and optional hardware give it a professional finish.
How to draft an ideal full length maxi skirt based off your own measurements. Slim and fitted enough to be flattering, but wide enough at the bottom so you can take proper strides and climb steps. This low volume maxi skirt looks great on all figure types.
A free pattern to download plus instructions on how you can make your own custom fit pattern too. A quick and easy sew can give you a wardrobe of skirt options depending on length and on fabric choices. Wear it short and sassy in a bold print for the summer, classic and elegant longer length in black for the office.
Summer is here at last. For some of us it lasts longer than others, but whether it’s a trip to the beach, a picnic, shopping with the girls or a day sailing, you’ll still need to look cute and summery. The design for this skirt was copied from a Ready To Wear skirt I already owned and loved. I think it has the perfect ratio of gathers to length and with the elastic waist, is comfy and casual. I think you’ll love it too. Pick your fabric and design carefully and it will become your go-to skirt for summer.
Need a comfy every day dress? One that looks good no matter where you go, and one that can take on the look of separates or be sewn in the same fabric throughout? Then the Two Become One Dress is for you. I became fascinated with this style of dress just recently. I love the casual look, like a t-shirt and a skirt, but without the fuss of having to make sure both matching pieces are clean and ironed at the same time (lazy I know). Now I can just grab it off the hanger, slip it over my head and rush on out – anywhere.
Want to keep everything ship-shape as you go to the beach or the pool? This handy tote bag has lots of great features and optional extras to keep your organised. It also has a handy expanding feature to keep the bag trim when you don’t carry much, and expand it out when you have enough ‘stuff’ for the kids too.
I LOVE this top and can't stop smiling when I wear it. With ruching down both sides and a full length flounce, its really fun to wear - yet SO easy to sew. Instructions to fit any size, and the shoulder strap is optional. This really is the ideal top for summer and looks great as a beach cover up or with pants for eating out on the waterfront in the evening.
It’s time for a wardrobe basic and a shirt you’ll want to sew time and time again. Out with the ball gowns, and in with the real clothes for real women! This is one where you can sew what you actually wear everyday. Featuring a choice of 3 sleeve lengths and a roll-over wide neck, this t-shirt is versatile and casual. But make it in something slinky or shimmery for a night out too.
A simple one piece only pattern that folds ingeniously while sewn to create a basic clutch purse. Pattern available in two slightly different sizes. Make the purse plain with some top stitching around the flap, add some piping, add decorations, ribbon, flowers or embroidery to the flap or body of the bag. Add internal pockets or a strap. It’s all up to you – make the bag and then Make it Yours with this free clutch bag pattern!
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The free dress pattern this month is a super simple, easy dress pattern for the ‘Wear Everywhere Dress’. Made for knit fabrics with a moderate stretch, this dress has just two pattern pieces, the sleeves are already built in and its easy to fit to your shape. A perfect beginner sewing pattern. Plus – this dress is so versatile – dress it up, dress it down, dress it smart or casual. It all depends on your fabric choices and accessories.
New Year, new you they say! I’ve just taken up Yoga and wanted to sew some simple exercise wear, and in so doing not only did I create a great fitted top for wearing to the gym, but also a great top to wear everyday. Make it a size smaller for a fitted finish for exercise wear, as the red version, or make the next size up for a looser fit for wearing to work. Looks great under a jacket.
Easy to sew sleeveless top with princess seams front and back and a gathered front bodice on one side. Front panel is reversible so you can choose to have the gathers on either side, or make one of each!
Party season is coming! It’s time to think about what you’ll wear for the holiday season this year. Want to wow them at the office party? Then you’ll need something ‘on-trend’ and with lace, one-shoulder and asymmetrical dresses all being in fashion, I’ve combined to create a free little black dress pattern that I think is a winner.
This tutorial will show you how to easily draft your own custom fit leggings pattern and my unique spreadsheet will make drawing your pattern easy. This is a quick and easy sew and once you have your pattern to keep, you can run up a new pair of leggings whenever you like in whatever fabric you like.
The latest free sewing pattern from So Sew Easy is this cute wrap dress pattern. The front has a cross-over bodice with pleats, there’s a straight skirt and an optional elastic waist, with a matching tie belt. Only the bodice wraps over leaving you safe from embarrassing wardrobe malfunction that can happen with wrap skirts. In sizes small to extra large, easy to sew, and really flattering and comfortable to wear. You'll love this dress!
The latest sewing pattern from So Sew Easy is a free t-shirt pattern for the Twist Front Top. It’s a sexy halter top that can also be a dress if you’d like to extend it. Designed for knit fabrics, this top crosses over at the front and the little keyhole at the front gives an interesting look while still actually being modest with full high coverage. The design is double thickness at the top front and back to give extra support if you need it, or for modesty if it turns chilly!
Join me in this sewing tutorial series where will we cover everything needed to design and sew your first lined skirt. From choosing fabric, drafting your own custom pattern, to marking and sewing the perfect darts, inserting an invisible zipper, an all-machine lining and different hem finishes.
Easy summer dress pattern using a knit fabric and with different strap options. Multi-size pattern in small, medium and large with instruction for increasing or decreasing size. Dress has a ruched bust-line on the outside, supported on the inside with a second layer of unruched fabric. Empire waist gently skims over the hips for a flattering fit. Can be any length, above or below knee, mini or cut off at hips for a tunic.
Designed for softly draping knit fabrics, this blouse is easy to make, flattering, cool and strappy, with tummy covering draping and a rounded hemline in the front. And I’ve made it with wide enough straps that you should be able to wear a bra with only minimal straps peaking through at the back. The Summer Drape Top comes in a one-size fits most design. The pattern is free to download and can be made from less than one yard of fabric. Great for a beach cover up too, over a bikini top.
I simply cannot believe this was SO EASY! If you want an easy to make and easy to wear skirt that’s flattering, and so cheap to make then read on because this post is for YOU. It took just minutes to make and I assure you anyone can do it. Too tight for you? Too short? Too long? You can make this skirt just how you like it, then you can make another and another, and all before breakfast. Read on….
Step by step for how and where to measure, and how to draw your own pencil skirt sloper pattern. This perfect fit pattern then becomes your basis for skirt variations You can have a whole wardrobe of perfect fit, quick to sew skirts from this one basic pattern. Find out how.
Free pattern and step by step photo tutorial for how to sew your own lacey undies. Just very simple shapes, a few simple seams, and your custom undies are ready to wear. So much more affordable than the store bought ones. Do give this a try!
Thank you for all of the comments on my recent post - Self drafted halter neck chiffon blouse. Several visitors asked for a tutorial, and I am happy to oblige. I've made the blouse again in a different fabric - this time a lovely blue and cream chiffon with embroidery and sequins. Swanky! Along the way, I took plenty of pictures and have written notes to share. Full step by step for measuring yourself, drawing the pattern and sewing the blouse. Also available as a PDF download to save.
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